Ashes betting tips
There is no greater rivalry in cricket than the one between the nation who invented the game and the one it later colonised with its convicts.
England and Australia started its test cricket rivalry back in 1882 and have since delivered 137 years of memorable highlights in the game’s longest format.
Outside of the World Cup, the Ashes is the most-watched and punted-on cricketing event in Australia and a source of enormous pride and bragging rights between the two nations.
After a period of Australian dominance from 1989 to 2003, England breathed life into the series again with a thrilling victory in 2005. The series has largely been won by the host nation since.
The term ‘Ashes’ is said to have originated after the very first series between the two sides, which the touring Australian side won. English cricket was said to have ‘died, with the body cremated and the ashes taken back to Australia’.
The Ashes is played over five test matches every two years, rotating between the England summer in July-August and the Australian summer from November-January.
The 2019 Ashes will be fought out in England and will see Australia start as an outsider in betting.
Australia are the current holder of the Ashes, but will need to improve their record in England — the last time they battled for the Ashes in England, the baggy greens lost 3-2.
Read on through our comprehensive betting guide to learn more about the history, key stats, popular betting markets and tips you’ll need to maximise your punting returns.
Ashes bookmaker promotions
If you’re bookmaker doesn’t offer a great suite of promotions and specials for the Ashes, you’re going to want to start your search for some new bookmakers.
The Ashes is the biggest cricketing event of any given year a betting phenomenon. While we can’t pre-empt what will be promoted ahead of time, we can ensure you with a great level of certainty, based on past experience, that many of the bookmakers on our recommended list will offer unique and extensive markets, bonus bet deals, early pay-outs and player exotics, among other things.
Given the enormous amount of interest and the competition to get your business, we recommend doing your homework to ensure you’re always getting the best odds or best deal, depending on your wagering selections. In this case, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have multiple betting accounts with different bookmakers.
2019 Ashes dates and information
The 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia will start in August, just a few weeks after ICC ODI World Cup, which was also hosted by England.
The last time Australia won the Ashes in England was all the way back in 2001.
Captain Tim Paine and his men will look to do what no other Australian team has done for 18 years, beginning at Edgbaston.
First Test - August 1-5 (Edgbaston)
Second Test - August 14-18 (Lord's)
Third Test - August 22-26 (Headingley)
Fourth Test - September 4-8 (Old Trafford)
Fifth Test - September 12-16 (The Oval)
2019 Ashes odds
England opened at $1.90 and have come in to $1.72 at BetEasy since the market was opened.
Interestingly, given Australia only has to draw to retain the Ashes, the drawn series could represent serious value at $6.
Ashes facts and records
Cricket is a game that heavily revolves around stats, records and the pursuit of creating history.
Given the increased passion, pressure and expectation that surrounds the Ashes, we withhold our greatest respect for those that dominate the greatest stage.
Here are some of the series’ record holders and key stats:
Series and match results:
70 test series between England and Australia have been played since 1882 and the count could not be closer. Australia has won 33, England 32 and there have been 5 draws. Can England square the ledger in 2019?
The story is a little different for the individual matches. In 330 individual matches, Australia has won 134, England has won 106 and there have been 90 draws.
Highest and lowest team totals:
The highest innings score in an Ashes series was 903/7d, compiled in 1938 by England.
The lowest innings was a paltry 36, scored by Australia in 1902.
Most Ashes runs:
Who else but the Don? Over a 20-year career playing Test cricket from 1928-48, Don Bradman scored 5028 Ashes runs at an average of 89.78
Don Bradman also scored an incredible 19 Ashes centuries.
Highest Ashes score:
English great Len Hutton holds the record for the highest individual score in an Ashes series, compiling an incredible 364 from 837 balls in 1938, eclipsing Don Bradman’s record of 334 in 1930.
Most Ashes wickets:
Australian spin legend Shane Warne was un-matched when it came to taking wickets in the Ashes. The Victorian leg-spinner tallied 195 victims from 36 games at an average of 5.41 per game. The next-closest on the list was teammate Glenn McGrath on 157 wickets from 30 games, demonstrating why Australia won 9 of the 10 series the two players competed in.
Highest Ashes partnership:
In 1934 two of the greatest Australian batsmen to ever play the game, Will Ponsford and Don Bradman, came together and compiled a partnership of 451 runs — a record that has never been beaten since.
Most Ashes matches:
Former Australian captain Syd Gregory was a model of consistency for his country in the early years of the Ashes, playing in a record 52 tests against England from 1890-1912.
The next closest is modern Australian great Steve Waugh with 45.
Popular Ashes betting markets
In addition to the popular cricket betting markets, the Ashes brings with it heightened focus on some of its own unique markets.
This all depends on your taste, where your knowledge lies and how long you’re willing to wait on a result.
Let’s go through some of the markets that punters love to focus on when it comes to game’s oldest rivalry:
No other test series will attract the same kind of attention for the overall result more than the Ashes. If you select the winner of the series overall, you’ll take home the biscuits.
Correct series result:
Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath used to love intimidating his opponents by predicting the correct series result (always guessing 5-0 Australia) and now punters can do the same thing. Picking the correct series result over five tests can be a difficult affair, especially given you have to factor in draws. Over five tests with three different possible results, there can be 21 possible endings to the series, including:
1-0 Australia wins
2-0 Australia wins
3-0 Australia wins
4-0 Australia wins
5-0 Australia wins
2-1 Australia wins
3-1 Australia wins
4-1 Australia wins
3-2 Australia wins
0-1 England wins
0-2 England wins
0-3 England wins
0-4 England wins
0-5 England wins
1-2 England wins
1-3 England wins
1-4 England wins
2-3 England wins
The regain/retain market is similar to the series-winner market, but there is an added element. Punters will choose who will regain the Ashes or who will retain them. Given the holder of the Ashes will retain ownership of the fabled urn in the event of a draw, the odds can be longer to re-gain, given they have to win the series when the other team only has to draw.
Most series runs:
Which batsmen will stand up to the ultimate examination of their skills and determination in test cricket? Identifying the best batsmen across the entire five-match series is a difficult challenge and provides generous odds as a result. Punters are better off focusing on in-form players who bat high in the order and will get ample opportunity to get bulk runs.
Most series wickets:
Which bowler is going to adapt to the conditions across five tests and take the most scalps? Most series wickets is another popular betting market for the Ashes and another difficult one to pick.
2019 Ashes squads
After losing to a touring India side for the first time in Australian test history in 2018/19, the baggy green side will welcome back two of its best players when it attempts to retain the Ashes.
Former captain Steve Smith and former vice captain David Warner have served their 12-month sentences handed down for their part in the infamous ball-tampering saga in South Africa in 2018 and will slot back into the side.
The man who replaced Smith as test captain, Tim Paine, will remain the leader of the side, which will look to unleash a quartet of fast bowlers and the wily spin of Nathan Lyon.
For England, the series will most likely be the final time one of its finest ever fast bowlers, James Anderson, will play in an Ashes series. England, led by Joe Root, are coming off a test series loss to the West Indies, but are expected to be much stronger on home turf.
Coming into the match, England are the fourth-ranked test team in the world, while Australia sits fifth on the table.
Ashes bet of the day
When looking for your best Ashes bet, it’s important to take in recent form and individual history against certain bowlers and batsmen.
There are important questions you have to ask yourself before placing any exotic bets on specific teams or players:
- Does the player I’m betting on have form at the venue?
- Has the player I’m betting on played in the Ashes before? How did they go?
- Does the player have form against the opponent?
- Is the player 100% fit and healthy?
- How is the player’s form? Does he thrive in these conditions? (spin, pace or seam-friendly)
- Do the odds correctly represent all the surrounding variables?
Doing your own homework is important, but you’ll also find a wide range of free betting tips from our expert cricket analysts in our free tips section.
Our tipsters go over all the markets and find the best value in match results bets and player exotics.
Where to live stream the Ashes
The Ashes are telecast live and free to Australians on free-to-air television via Channel 9 — who strangely enough are still the broadcaster of the series, despite losing the broadcast rights to the Australian cricket summer.
If, for some reason, you are not able to get in front of a TV and you need to follow on your phone, there are options to make sure you don’t miss a ball.
A subscription to Kayo or Foxtel will mean uninterrupted coverage of the entire Ashes series. Foxtel and Kayo both have a dedicated cricket channel and will telecast every ball of the Australian cricket tour of England, including a number of panel shows, interviews and additional footage.
Latest Ashes news
Personnel plays such a big part in cricket, given it is a sport focused on a series of individual feats, be it batting, bowling and even fielding.
This focus on personnel means that savvy punters need to be on top of their game and up to date on all of the latest news on injuries, form, player comments and selection issues.
A more thorough knowledge of players, their form and health status can be where punters avoid bad bets and find better value in the odds presented by bookmakers.
We recommend checking our news feed regularly as we go through all of the key headlines coming into the Ashes, as well as the fluctuating markets. We’ll always keep an eye on the news that has an effect on your betting.
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